House of Commons Hansard #44 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was amendments.

Topics

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, the tragic incidents to which my colleague refers would not have been not prevented by a firearm registry, which the Auditor General said, when it came to long guns, was a disaster and the information itself was doubtful.

We want to see crimes with firearms reduced. In the year 2003 there were 549 murders in Canada. Only two of those occurred with long guns that were registered. We have ways of reducing crimes with guns and we are going to pursue those.

A licence is still needed to possess a firearm. A police background check still has to be done to get that licence.

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Yasmin Ratansi Don Valley East, ON

Mr. Speaker, in spite of the misinformation being spread by the minister, the fact is the gun registry works.

Why is the minister continuing to ignore the advice of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Professional Police Association, victims' organizations, faith-based groups, social conservative groups and labour and community organizations? Do they not matter?

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, a number of police associations and a number of chiefs of police have also said that we are doing the right thing in terms of getting rid of the long gun registry, which has not only been a distraction to police officers, it has costs hundreds of millions of dollars. This is money that we will direct toward more police officers in our communities, crime prevention programs, including programs that address prevention of violence, and border security against the illegal arms that come across the border.

The hon. member can talk about misinformation, but I quote the Auditor General when the Auditor General talks about the severe problems with the gun registry.

Health
Oral Questions

June 20th, 2006 / 2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Ruby Dhalla Brampton—Springdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, let me just tell the Prime Minister that, unlike the NDP, we, as Liberals, will never compromise our principles for 10 more seats. Thanks to the NDP--

Health
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Health
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. The hon. member for Brampton—Springdale has the floor to put her question. We will have a little order, please.

Health
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Ruby Dhalla Brampton—Springdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, being associated with sellouts is not something to cheer about, but let me get to my question.

Thanks to the NDP selling us out, we have a health minister who has put forward no plans to reduce wait times. Rather, we have ended up with a two tier health minister who has blown $25,000 of taxpayer money to hire a long-time Conservative crony, Gordon Haugh, despite the fact that Treasury Board guidelines say we cannot give government contracts to our friends.

When will the Prime Minister stop turning a blind eye to the minister's repeated conflicts of interest?

Health
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for adding to the annals of history when it comes to memorable quotes. That goes right with “I'm entitled to my entitlements”.

I want to assure members of the House that I hire people in whom I have confidence. I am pleased with the work the individual in question has done. It was all done according to the rules that were put into place by the former Liberal government. I am absolutely in 100% compliance with Treasury Board guidelines, proving once again that Liberal and research is oxymoronic.

Health
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Ruby Dhalla Brampton—Springdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, that is Tory accountability, big fat contracts for their Conservative cronies, breaking Treasury Board rules that they have themselves written.

Even third party groups, like the Canadian Health Coalition, are demanding that the minister of big pharma either sell his shares or resign. There is no action on the national pharmaceutical strategy and no bill on Internet pharmacies.

It is evident that the minister's every move is being coordinated by his personal friend, Gordon Haugh, the general manager of the Canadian International Pharmacists Association.

When will the Prime Minister do the right thing and demand action on health care from this minister?

Health
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

Mr. Speaker, the allegations are absolutely untrue. I followed absolutely every Treasury Board guideline.

I would be happy to debate, with the hon. member, the record of this government any day of the week on the five months that we have been in power and on the 13 years of inaction on wait times, doubling wait times in this country, 13 years of inaction on cancer care, 13 years of inaction on proper pandemic planning and 13 years of inaction on protecting us from toxins.

We are acting on behalf of the people of Canada. We are proud of our record to date. The Liberals should be ashamed of their record of 13 years of inaction in health care.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Meili Faille Vaudreuil-Soulanges, QC

Mr. Speaker, today is World Refugee Day. I remind the government that there is still no appeal division, which is a key component of the refugee determination system.

How can the government tolerate having a system established since June 2002 that still does not include an appeal division, when this seriously penalizes refugees who want to exercise their right to appeal unfavourable decisions? Is it not fair and reasonable that the government finally put the appeal division in place?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Medicine Hat
Alberta

Conservative

Monte Solberg Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, Canada does have among the most generous rules in the world in accepting refugees.

I appreciate the opportunity to again affirm today that Canada is receiving 805 Karen refugees, people escaping the brutal regime in Burma, who have been in a refugee camp in Thailand for 10 years. They are coming to Canada. Private sponsorship groups will be there to accept them as well. This is great news.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Meili Faille Vaudreuil-Soulanges, QC

Mr. Speaker, much remains to be done. Half the time, family reunification can take up to 13 months for the families of those who have already obtained permanent residency.

Could the government not ensure that reunification can take place within a more acceptable timeframe from a humane point of view?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Medicine Hat
Alberta

Conservative

Monte Solberg Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, we start in a very deep hole. After 13 years of Liberal inaction, we start with very long lineups. We have 800,000 people in that backlog. That is unacceptable. It is terrible what the former Liberal government did. We are working on it. I can guarantee we will make serious progress to help reunite people with their families.

Government of Canada
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Jennings Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, QC

Mr. Speaker, I do not think a $12 million surplus is anything to sneeze at.

Thousands of Canadians wanted to attend game six of the Stanley Cup in Edmonton on the weekend, but could not afford the tickets being sold outside, nor the airfare. It was interesting to see the Prime Minister, four PMO staffers and a group of Conservative MPs cram aboard a Challenger, jet off to Edmonton like they had won a sports fantasy contest.

What I do not understand is, given what is happening in the House, why did the Prime Minister not invite the NDP member for Winnipeg Centre to go along? He could have been the busboy.